The song It’s My Life from Bon Jovi has become its own anthem of sorts as it was released over a decade since Bon Jovi first rose to prominence in the 1980s. From the album Crush (their first studio album since 1995), the song quickly became their biggest hit from the album in the year 2000. The song features a couple of classic Bon Jovi callbacks, including Richie Sambora’s “talkbox”, made popular in their mega hit “Livin’ On A Prayer” and their characters Tommy and Gina, also from the same song. Jon also gives fellow New Jerseyan Frank Sinatra a shout out with the lyric “Frankie said I did it my way” which echoes It’s My Life’s theme.
If you had to sum this song’s emotional gut punch in two words it would be self assertion. Taking control is what this song is all about. The notion that you aren’t leaving any of this to chance, “it’s my (your) life and it’s now or never.” Have you been there?
As kids, we aren’t fearful at all. We touch a hot stove, we make the leap when there’s no safety net, we do what we want. As adults, we forget how to play. We have all of these “conditions” around us, because we’ve been sold a lie, or believe something can’t be done. We say “oh but we shouldn’t do that because of X” The author – and YOU (should) – reject this premise. Go back. Be a kid. Assert yourself that you’re going to take what is rightfully yours. You want it. Go get it. What do you have to lose? What’s the worst thing that could happen? Someone will tell you “no”? Oh well. Find another way to make it happen. There’s an old saying “if you want it bad enough you’ll make it happen.” It’s true. You’re not going to live forever. Live while you’re alive. It’s your life. It IS NOW or never. Those are #LyricsToLiveLifeBy.